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A123 Systems Interview Questions

Updated 7 Jan, 2015
Updated 7 Jan, 2015
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  1.  

    Business Systems Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at A123 Systems.

    Interview Details

    They utilize Recruiting firms for the initial interview. Be aware they use several. I had to go to the recruiter’s office and interview there before I was submitted.

    Although local, they requested a phone interview for the 2nd interview. It was basic questions but I was able to lead the talk away from the list of questions to an overall discussion about the position.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Basically it did not feel right. Everything from the company utilizing every recruiting firm they could find to preferring to have a phone interview over a face-to-face interview.

    I felt they had a superiority complex. They acted like it was a privilege to work for them. It was a privilege they called you for an interview. They also thought you should accommodate them 100%. They also were looking for the “unicorn”. That is, they were looking for an individual with expertise in several areas and would not settle for less. It seemed they wanted a person to fill several roles within the organization and pay at a mediocre level. It shows how much credibility the put in the Information Technology organization. Clearly they were thinking IT was a cost center and should minimize it wherever they could. They did not see IT as way to gain competitive advantage.

    Most notably, it was a review by a colleague who worked there in the past. Her experience was at A123 was “bad and I wouldn't wish on anyone”.

    She also questioned the leadership and the overall viability of the company on a go-forward basis.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Advanced Manufacturing Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novi, MI (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novi, MI (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at A123 Systems.

    Interview Details

    Initially, a phone interview to review primary details. A group interview, generally consisting of the hiring manager, HR manager, and other managers that the position would interact with. Finally, an interview with the hiring manager's manager. The interview questions did not appear to be well thought out, nor did the other interviewers (other than the hiring manager) seem well prepared (more like they were just going through the motions to appease some HR requirement.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    One phone interview. Took a while to get the in-person interview (delays on their part). The on-site interview involved four separate interviews. During the interviews I learned that I was going up against 2 internal candidates. Looks like I was the token outside applicant, as one of the insiders got the job.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked technical details of a project I worked on ages ago.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Temp to Perm Assignment Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Livonia, MI (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Livonia, MI (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at A123 Systems.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed for a temp to hire position in December of 2009. Interview was at Novi location and we had to move conference rooms at least once. Met with 2 recruiters during first interview for about 30-60 minutes. Had a second round interview shortly thereafter meeting with the Plant Manager and HR Rep. Again had to move conference rooms at least once. Agency left a message that I did not get the assignment. Did not hear from anyone at A123.

    6 months later the agency called me back about the position because the person they had chosen was not working out. (Come to find out it was an employee referral). Was told I was going to have a phone interview with the Employment Specialist on a Saturday. Never received a call. Then got a call from the agency that they wanted to set up a third interview. Met with the same 2 Recrutiers, the Employment Specialist & HR Rep from corporate, the HR Manager and the Director of HR.

    Company was just getting up and running in Michigan so atmosphere was filled with excitement and high hopes.

    Was brought in on a temp to perm assignment.

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the interview process was very informal and non-structured.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The temp to perm assignment did not allow for negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Process Tech Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Romulus, MI (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Romulus, MI (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at A123 Systems in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Still waiting on the outcome of the in house position applied for. It could take up to 3 weeks to find out.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Manufacturing Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at A123 Systems in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    During my second interview the hiring manager asked me how I would handle direct reports that felt burned out by the amount of hours they worked. RED FLAG The other person asked me to describe the most IMPRESSIVE problem I solved and repeated this five times. Hmmmm, do I really want to work for these "types" of people. HELL NO. I almost left the interview at that point. I invested two visits and the company didn't even send me a kiss off email. Avoid this company at all costs. Life is too short.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you deal with direct reports that felt burned out by the amount of hours they worked.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Senior Engineer (No Feedback Received Regarding Interview) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Watertown, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Watertown, MA (US)
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at A123 Systems in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    Had a decent interview. Even the hiring manager asked what is your interest level. I said I am definitely interested. He also mentioned that I am their top candidate. Got the offer after 6 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • What do think is good way to go in this direction of work?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Production Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Romulus, MI (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Romulus, MI (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at A123 Systems in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    Basic interview lots of yes no questions. They really didn't look like they were to prepared for the interview. I was forced to wait in the lobby for about 15 minutes. I was in the interview for about 10 minutes they came at me with a lot of easy to answer questions... I feel that companies should be judged on how well they interview because is is a direct reflection of how their company operates.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Chief Technology Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at A123 Systems in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Firstly Video Interview, then face to face interview.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you improve the manufacture process according to your previous experience?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    be confidence!
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Sr Mgr - NPD Procurement and Supplier Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hopkinton, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hopkinton, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at A123 Systems in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    Went through a telephone screen.
    Then met with 5 people over a 4 hour period.
    The interview was thorough and tough.
    My initial impression was it would be a good place to work.
    People were intelligent and very nice.
    Unfortunately the follow up after the interview was atrocious.
    Not all interview candidates are a good fit with a company.
    If that was the case, then the company owes it to the candidate to be told as much.
    But my follow up phone calls were not returned
    E-Mail request for feedback or status were ignored.
    My initial impression was wrong.
    They could offer me 2X of my former salary.
    I'd never work there based upon my terrible interview experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain how you would go about getting a cost down for this particular assembly.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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